Top picks: Alice & Olivia Resort ’17

Stacey Bendet paid homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat in splashy and subtle ways. Some pieces were digitally printed with his graffiti-esque paintings, while others took cues from the artist’s famous notebook entries or his eclectic personal style. “I didn’t want to just slap his paintings on things,” Bendet said. “I wanted [the prints] to feel like real paintings and feel dimensional, and I wanted the clothes to have elements of him, too.” 

The floor-skimming, A-line silk skirts covered in his paintings stole the show—the colors and details were stunningly vivid, and Bendet embroidered over certain areas or sprinkled sequins over expanses of color for a 3-D effect. They really did look like pieces of art; teamed with a painted leather jacket or a lilac button-down, they’d be a no-brainer for a high-wattage art benefit. 
-EMILY FARRA

Photo courtesy of Alice & Olivia

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